Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Consumer Scams and Frauds: “Certified” Junk Mail

This section is normally used to tell you about an ongoing scam or alert. Today, we want to give some helpful information which, hopefully, can keep you from becoming a victim of any of the numerous scams out there.

Detectives in our Investigations Unit want to share some information regarding ways to reduce the amount of junk mail you receive. As they’ve been investigating the various ways people are defrauded out of their money, they’ve noticed people are getting bombarded with a lot of junk mail claiming they’ve won this or that. The junk mail, along with numerous unsolicited phone calls, tends to confuse people, especially the elderly, as to what is a scam or a really good deal. As the old saying goes “if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is”.

Just like placing your phone number on a national “Do Not Call” registry, you also have the option to control the amount of junk mail you get.

Listed below are two addresses you can write to request that your name be removed from mailing lists.


Customer Assistance

PO box 249

Windsor, Connecticut, 06095

Mail Preference Service

Direct Marketing Association

PO Box 643

Carmel, NY 10512

While this is certainly not a guarantee to stop all junk mail, it will help to reduce the amount. This is good information to pass along if you’re a caregiver to the elderly, who are easy targets for these predators.

Getting rid of excess junk mail is also a good way to conserve energy. A one day’s supply of junk mail contains the energy to heat 250,000 homes. It also takes 100 million trees to produce one year’s worth of junk mail.